What's the point of the lightship database?

jaaxtmp-INGjaaxtmp-ING Posts: 149 ✭✭✭

Hello.

What's the point of providing wayspots for the lightship database if they're not going to appear at any game?

For Pogo the cells lvl if it's accepted of course.

For Ingress the 20m rule if it's accepted but you can't re-send it because if you nominate it again it's already in the database (supposing you can move it by few metters).


So, what's the point on this?

Thanks for reading.

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  • Melurra-PGOMelurra-PGO Posts: 349 ✭✭✭✭
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    Well, Niantic has another active game, which is called Pikmin Bloom. They also have another game coming out called NBA All World. It's possible that wayspots that aren't currently used in Ingress or Pokemon Go will appear in these games and future games.

    Niantic is also marketing the Lightship database to app developers. Imagine, for example, a city wants to make an app that shows tourists routes for art walks. The app could use Lightship to show wayspots tagged as mural or sculpture. I think that's the idea, at least.

  • MargariteDVille-INGMargariteDVille-ING Posts: 1,519 ✭✭✭✭✭
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    The Lightship database is used for MANY things besides what's listed above.

    https://lightship.dev/partners/?hl=en lists these ongoing apps:

    • Coachella
    • PGA
    • Historic Royal Places
    • Science Museum
    • Tripp
    • Superblue
    • Shueisha (Manga)
    • Warner Music Group


    The Cannes Lions Festival https://nianticlabs.com/blog/niantic-canneslions-2022/?hl=en had these apps to explore Lightship:

    • Go on a WebAR scavenger hunt with Captain Doty
    • See Cannes like never before with the Niantic Viewfinder
    • Fly the Niantic ARship around the Cannes Lions Festival
    • Bring an NFT art exhibit into the real world using WebAR
    • Challenge fellow delegates to an AR game of Tic-Tac-Toe
    • Share your experience at Cannes by sending an AR postcard


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  • Melurra-PGOMelurra-PGO Posts: 349 ✭✭✭✭
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    Well, Niantic has another active game, which is called Pikmin Bloom. They also have another game coming out called NBA All World. It's possible that wayspots that aren't currently used in Ingress or Pokemon Go will appear in these games and future games.

    Niantic is also marketing the Lightship database to app developers. Imagine, for example, a city wants to make an app that shows tourists routes for art walks. The app could use Lightship to show wayspots tagged as mural or sculpture. I think that's the idea, at least.

  • 29andCounting-PGO29andCounting-PGO Posts: 349 ✭✭✭✭

    I know you're just using that as an example, but that would be really dumb. Most cities already know where their murals are. And I think tourists are going to be disappointed with "Taco Bell Mural" lol

  • jaaxtmp-INGjaaxtmp-ING Posts: 149 ✭✭✭

    We're working for free.

    Ha!

  • No1ofConseqence-PGONo1ofConseqence-PGO Posts: 161 ✭✭✭

    When it comes right down to it, the purpose of the Lightship database is to make money for Niantic. End of story.

    How it does that is an entirely different kettle of fish.

    Apparently Niantic is building what is called the Lightship AR Developer Kit. Currently it makes tools to develop AR games publicly available. Then, starting in January 2023, users will have to pay for access; which should create for Niantic another source of income.

    So, as you surmise, we Wayfarers are 'working for free' to help them develop that database/kit. The payoff, for us, is non-financial. We end up getting a better/wider selection of Wayspots/Portals/Whatever we can visit to do what we need to do as part of the game platform we play.

  • jaaxtmp-INGjaaxtmp-ING Posts: 149 ✭✭✭

    @No1ofConseqence-PGO it would be great if wayfinders who have contributed to this databse could have a kind of free access or at least a discount for this AR tool, since many players are developers too.

    I'd like to see this, but who knows what Niantic will bring at the end.

  • MargariteDVille-INGMargariteDVille-ING Posts: 1,519 ✭✭✭✭✭
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    The Lightship database is used for MANY things besides what's listed above.

    https://lightship.dev/partners/?hl=en lists these ongoing apps:

    • Coachella
    • PGA
    • Historic Royal Places
    • Science Museum
    • Tripp
    • Superblue
    • Shueisha (Manga)
    • Warner Music Group


    The Cannes Lions Festival https://nianticlabs.com/blog/niantic-canneslions-2022/?hl=en had these apps to explore Lightship:

    • Go on a WebAR scavenger hunt with Captain Doty
    • See Cannes like never before with the Niantic Viewfinder
    • Fly the Niantic ARship around the Cannes Lions Festival
    • Bring an NFT art exhibit into the real world using WebAR
    • Challenge fellow delegates to an AR game of Tic-Tac-Toe
    • Share your experience at Cannes by sending an AR postcard


  • WheelTrekker-INGWheelTrekker-ING Posts: 2,652 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Another app that uses Lightship is DracARys: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hbo.hotd

    (the start screen states at the bottom "Powered by Niantic Lightship" and then the Lightship logo)

    At the moment it shows for me a 1.2 rating and too many people complaining about the AR implementation.

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